2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Boulder

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (http://engineering.asu.edu/) Located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering provides an innovative, entrepreneurial educational environment to more than 5,900 undergraduates and 2,800 graduate students, giving them the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in technically-oriented careers. Annual college rankings by U.S. News& World Report placed ASUs undergraduate engineering programs in the top 25 percent of all undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. Fulton Engineering research expenditures were $77.6 million in fiscal year 2012. In the classroom and in the lab, faculty and students are generating discoveries, innovations and inventions needed to solve challenges in energy, health, sustainability, education and security. ASU is also home to over 30 engineering research centers and institutes, including the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Engineering Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Many of Fulton Engineerings 230-plus faculty members have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty members work collaboratively across ASU disciplines, as well as in partnership with industry, area businesses, and local, state and federal entities. Fulton Engineering emphasizes problem-solving, innovation, entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary interactions, societal context and connections. Its degree programs are administered across five schools to enable collaboration across disciplines, with faculty and students alike focusing their efforts on developing solutions that will have significant, lasting impact on local and global communities. Aerospace Engineering (http://engineering.asu.edu/semte/Aerospace.html) The Aerospace Engineering program offers concentrations in aeronautics and astronautics, giving students rigorous technical background and experience solving real and timely engineering problems. Faculty bring expertise in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and materials, and vehicle and system design and control, along with strong ties to Arizonas aerospace and defense high-tech companies. SURF Nominee: Bryan Sonneveldt Commentary from Wenbo Tang, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences: I was impressed by his intelligent questions in and out of classroom, as well as his motivation on applying mathematical tools towards realistic scientific problems. Bryan is a hard-working individual with excellent academic credentials who is also productive in a team environment. Biomedical Engineering (http://engineering.asu.edu/bhse) The School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering offers a rigorous program in biomedical engineering with opportunities for students to be involved in research, entrepreneurship, healthcare delivery, biomedical device design and global health. Faculty deliver specialized expertise in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, biosensor design, tissue engineering, imaging, synthetic biology and biomaterial engineering. SURF Nominee: Danielle Jacobs Commentary from Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor, City University of New York: Her skills and reasoning are well beyond a typical undergraduate and I would place her in the group of top engineering students I have worked with. Her excellent work ethic, collaboration skills, and attitude will ensure that a position in the program goes to a qualified and deserving candidate. Chemical Engineering (http://engineering.asu.edu/semte) The Chemical Engineering program provides students with a strong foundation in chemical engineering and encourages individualized experience through coursework, research, cross-discipline exploration, internships and professional societies. Research thrusts include advanced materials, energy and sustainability, therapeutics and behavioral health. SURF Nominee: Julia Fisher Commentary from Lenore L. Dai, Associate Professor and Program Chair, Chemical Engineering: I have been extremely impressed by her enthusiasm, motivation, creativity, and ability to learn. She has been employed as an engineering mentor since August 2012. It is a highly competitive and honored opportunity, which has clearly demonstrated her leadership and maturity. She is a role model from every aspect! SURF Nominee: Noelle Rabiah Commentary from Csar I. Torres, Assistant Professor: I gave only three A+ grades to students that excelled in the class and Noelle was one of them. The fact that Noelle has been involved in research for over a year now, yet is still searching for new research opportunities, shows her passion for research. A person as intelligent and dedicated as Noelle will certainly be successful in whatever professional path she takes. Civil Engineering (http://ssebe.engineering.asu.edu/prospective-students/civil.html) The Civil Engineering program at ASU emphasizes sustainability as an integrated approach to engineering that focuses on the long-lasting improvement of the human condition. This focus on sustainability transforms the traditional design and construction methods of complex systems by the application of life cycle and environmental assessment, risk and uncertainty analysis and other emerging techniques. Faculty specialties include environmental engineering, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, hydrosystems engineering, structures, sustainable engineering and transportation/pavements. SURF Nominee: Albert Stanton Commentary from Braden Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics and Presidents Professor: I have been exceedingly impressed with his high-quality work, his grasp of social issues, his technical skills, and his ability to understand and exceed expectations. I suspect he is poised to make a valuable contribution to the world at large. Electrical Engineering (http://ecee.engineering.asu.edu/) From nanoscale electronic devices to the U.S. electric power grid, the Electrical Engineering program covers a diverse range of areas including energy production and distribution, healthcare technology and delivery, sustainable development and economic growth, communications technology, information management and global security. ASU is home to leading research centers in the field including the Center for Solid-State Electronics Research and the NSF-DOE Engineering Research Center, QESST. SURF Nominee: R. Scott Mongrain Commentary from Dr. George G. Karady, Power System Chair Professor: Scott is an excellent student who earns high marks in all of his classes. Scott excelled by diligently studying the course material, attending all lectures and laboratory sessions, and participating regularly during lecture. He is a rare and unique student and his academic strength, positive attitude, and genuine interest in research make him a valuable addition to any project. Materials Science and Engineering (http://engineering.asu.edu/semte/Mat_Main.html) The Materials Science and Engineering program covers a wide range of disciplines with particular expertise in micro and nano-fabrication of high-technology materials, electronic materials, computational materials science and deformation behavior of materials at different length scales. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through frequent lab courses and the opportunity to work alongside faculty in nationally recognized labs, including the microscopy and materials processing/characterization facilities. SURF Nominee: Bethany Smith Commentary from Stephen Krause, Professor: Bethany possesses a dedication to learning and a flair for communication, both of which are important qualities for any research position. Im confident that she would be able to present any research findings to either her peers or the general public in an engaging, interesting manner. Through her work for me, she has clearly demonstrated her ability to both work unsupervised successfully and to receive constructive criticism in a productive way. Her skill sets clearly indicate to me that she will be successful in a research setting. Mechanical Engineering (http://engineering.asu.edu/semte/Mechanical.html) ASUs Mechanical Engineering research programs reflect the diversity of the discipline, ranging from nanomechanics to full-scale numerical simulations of the urban environment. Faculty and students are bringing new ideas and applications, with an emphasis in advanced engineering materials, dynamics and robotics, fluid motion and propulsion, product development and design, and sustainable energy. SURF Nominee: Johnathan Vo Commentary from Armando A. Rodriguez, Professor of Electrical Engineering: I would rank Johnathan amongst the very best students (top 3 out of hundreds) that I have seen at ASU . Johnathan is a model student both inside and outside of the classroom. He stands out above his classmates through his motivation and success. His work on the projects he has completed under my supervision has far exceeded my expectations. His analytical capacity, his determination to deeply understand, and his ability to work independently are all truly exceptional. Arizona State University appreciates this opportunity to submit our students applications to the NIST Boulder Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Best Regards, Sethuraman Panchanathan Senior Vice-President of Knowledge Enterprise Development Arizona State University
Effective start/end date5/1/139/30/13


  • DOC: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): $9,100.00

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